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An Occupiers Perspective

This section aims to provide a space for the varied and diverse voices of Occupy London.
 
 

Westminster Abbey Occupation

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
Yesterday members of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts), Occupy, and UK Uncut staged a protest in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. This was to highlight government cuts to the ILF (Independent Living Fund), a fund which enables some of the most severely disabled members of society[...]

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DPAC are National heroes, by Carl Green

DPAC are National heroes.
The protest on the 28th June wasn’t just to save the Independent Living Fund, which was it’s prime purpose, it was also a fight for Human Rights. It was a fight for freedom in the face of major adversity.
The massive Police presence bought in to deal with probably a hundred[...]

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The House of Commons by Frances Leader.

Made the mistake of hopefully watching the Labour Party placing their questions to DWP bosses Ian Duncan Smith & his partner in crime, Esther McVey today in the House of Commons.
I was waiting for someone to ask them:
“Are you aware that more than 50,000 people took to the streets of London to object[...]

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Governments and Tax

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
This week the issue of corporate Tax Avoidance was in the news – again. Firstly it was reported that Thames Water, despite making profits of £259m, will not being paying any tax this year*. (With corporation tax at 20% that’s a loss to the taxpayer of[...]

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Privatisation – The Next Financial Scandal

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
This week it was revealed just how lucrative privatisation contracts have become for the private firms which get them, and by the same measure just how much the general public has been ripped-off by them. This time it  relates to the PFI (Private Finance Initiative) method[...]

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Corresponding with Humberside Police by Tim Williams.

Corresponding with Humberside Police by Tim Williams. Tim was one of the Occupiers at OccupyLSX camp and like many others answered the call to stop Fracking in Balcombe, back in July, and then Barton Moss. This is an Occupier’s Perspective of negotiating with the police. Other Occupiers and Protectors may not hold the same views.[...]

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Free Market Fundamentalism

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
Those of us opposed to the mantra of ‘The Market’ which is forever espoused by devotees of Free Market Capitalism, were pleasantly surprised when the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, spoke out last week against ‘Free Market Fundamentalism’. He was talking at a[...]

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Job Centre Demo Southend on Sea by Carl Green

 
It was a good demo at Southend Job Centre, a little short on numbers – there were two of us again but add in all the people that joined us for a chat and that number would be around 30.
I did know from a previous demo I did not attend that the staff[...]

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Denied my Right to Vote by Raven Nightshade

Denied my Right to Vote by Raven Nightshade
In May 2010, I had lived in my own flat in South East London for just 10 months and I was looking forward to my first opportunity to participate in politics as a citizen; before getting my own place, my circumstances had not afforded me the ability[...]

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